Avi Lerner, Nu Image

December 4, 2011 · Posted in Keynote Speaker · Comments Off on Avi Lerner, Nu Image 

Avi Lerner
Co-Chairman and Founder
Nu Image, Inc.

Avi Lerner, Co-Chairman and founder of Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies, is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent filmmakers of our time. Recently labeled The Most Unlikely Movie Mogul by The Hollywood Reporter, Lerner has produced over 350 films since his career began.

Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Lerner began as manager of Israel’s first drive-in cinema. He now regularly attends Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, and Millennium Films’ multiple productions to produce five to eight per year with such stars as Robert De Niro, Kathryn Heigl, Sylvester Stallone, Amanda Seyfried, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Robin Williams.

Lerner anticipated the explosion of home video rental in l979, which led to his pioneering the largest specialized video distribution company in Israel, and becoming a partner in the largest theatrical distribution company in the country.

In 1984, he executive produced the remake of King Solomon’s Mines, its sequel Alan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold. He then sold his Israeli company and relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he founded the Nu Metro Entertainment Group. The company interests included: owned and operated theaters; a video distribution division representing top studios and independent companies; and a production arm that made over 60 features distributed worldwide by major studios. Lerner eventually sold Nu Metro to join MGM United Artists while still producing feature films.

In 1992 he moved to Los Angeles and opened Nu Image, Inc. Finding success producing and distributing for home entertainment, the Nu Image brand continued to expand. In 1996 Millennium Films was formed and began producing features, while Nu Image continued to cater to the lucrative international home-video market. Between the two divisions, over XXX films have been produced since 1992.

Under the Millennium Films label, Lerner has produced numerous titles that include: the $274 box office hit Expendables, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Mickey Roarke; Rambo IV also directed and featuring Stallone; Righteous Kill with legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro; 16 Blocks featuring Bruce Willis and Mos Def; and The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Donald Sutherland.

On the horizon for Lerner is Expendables 2, action packed, star studded and directed by Simon West. Production begins October 2011. Other films include: the dramedy Straight A’s staring Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson; The Big Wedding, with Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton and Robin Williams; the Gerard Butler romantic comedy Playing the Field; and The Paperboy, based on the novel by Peter Dexter, starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron and directed by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels.

Nicolas Chartier, Producer

November 9, 2011 · Posted in Keynote Speaker · Comments Off on Nicolas Chartier, Producer 

Nicolas Chartier

Nicolas Chartier, the Academy Award-winning producer of The Hurt Locker, has been involved in the financing, production and sales of a diverse range of films for the past 10 years. In 2005, he founded Voltage Pictures, an International financing, sales and production operation. He has handled over 150 movies in the past 6 years. “The Hurt Locker” was Voltage Pictures first in-house production and claimed 6 Oscars in 2009, including Best Picture. Killer Joe is its second in-house film, directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011. His next film The Company You Keep is being directed by Robert Redford and starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie, and Brit Marling. Voltage has also co-financed or sold international rights for George’s Romero’s Diary of the Dead, The Whistleblower, Fire with Fire, Peace Love and Misunderstanding, Summer at Dog Dave’s and Frozen Ground.

Prior to forming Voltage, Chartier was VP of sales and acquisitions at Myriad Pictures. He has been involved in the sales of a diverse range of films there such as The Good Girl and Van Wilder. As the president of Vortex Pictures, he sold such titles as Joel Zwick’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Nicolas Cage’s Sonny. As head of sales and acquisitions at Arclight Films, Chartier acquired Dean Devlin’s The Librarian, 2006 Academy Award winner Crash and The Matador starring Pierce Brosnan. During his time at Arclight, Chartier also sold Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage and The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.

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